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Doubleheader: Kodiak enjoys back-to-back nighttime shows Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to clear skies, strong solar activity
Sarah Lovette knew it was going to be a good night for the northern lights by about 6 p.m. Tuesday, when the four Aurora Borealis apps on her phone started going nuts. Lovette has long had an ambition to photograph the northern lights during her two tours to Kodiak with the Coast Guard. Last month she traveled north to Fairbanks to take a two-day workshop on shooting the aurora with photographer Ronn Murray. She d...
Feb 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer boats out for Kodiak pot gear season
The state pot gear for Kodiak waters opened at noon Thursday, offering a potentially lucky margin for fishermen who follow the tradition of not sailing on a Friday. Onboard the fishing vessel Chisik Island in St. Herman Harbor, skipper Victor Buchanan looked forward to a good haul as he bustled about in the single-digit temperatures, making final preparations like changing out the anchor rode. “This is a weird yea...
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Kodiak’s legislators split on voucher issue
Kodiak's two legislators have different takes on a proposed amendment to the Alaska Constitution to allow school vouchers. A proposed bill this session would send to the Alaska voters an amendment that would allow the state to use public funds to pay for students who attend private or religious schools instead of public ones. The amendment was one of the signature education policies outlined by Gov. Sean Parnell i...
Feb 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bigger wall to protect road from falling rocks at “the dip”
A bigger barrier between Rezanof Drive and basketball-sized boulders from the Pillar Mountain rockslide area will go up in 2015. “The dip,” or the area between City Pier 2 and City Pier 3 on Rezanof Drive West has long been a hazard for motorists. The mountainside was mined for rocks for constructions in the 1950s and it’s been a rockslide area since at least 1971. Sporadic falling boulders that have crested the 1...
Feb 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community health center offers help for Affordable Care Act
As the March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act approaches, Kodiakans are making steady use of resources to help the process. “I have been booked solid for weeks,” Kodiak Community Health Center outreach and enrollment coordinator Cherie Skonberg said Wednesday. Skonberg spends up to an hour and a half with each client who wants assistance going through the enrollment steps ...
Feb 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love locks cut off of Near Island bridge
Call it a Valentines Day mystery. Several dozen “love locks” went missing from the Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge this week and no one has fessed up to taking them down. Love locks are a Parisian tradition that recently blossomed on the bridge to Near Island. The idea is for couples to fasten a lock to the bridge, write their names on it and cast the keys into the water as a symbol of their permanent love. But the s...
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Agreement for Connecticut Coast Guard museum signed
Coast Guard and local officials in Connecticut signed an agreement Wednesday in support of establishing a National Coast Guard museum in the town of New London, Conn. The National Coast Guard Museum Association is a nonprofit association working to open a Coast Guard museum of the town of about 25,000 people in southern Connecticut. The memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday details the working relationship ...
Feb 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prosecutor: March trial likely for Wells
The trial of the Kodiak man accused of the 2012 murder of a Coast Guardsman and a former Coast Guardsman is likely to take place late next month, according the chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage. The murder trial for James Michael Wells, 62, had been scheduled to start Monday in Anchorage, but was postponed to March 31 at a hearing last week. The prosecuting team does not pl...
Feb 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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PKIMC downsizes business office
Two billing jobs at the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center will move to Washington state this April as part of a system-wide centralization of Providence’s billing office. The jobs, which include answering patients questions about medical bills, are moving to the Seattle area to reduce costs through increased efficiency, said Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Leatherman. “It’s really j...
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Landowner closes access to Burton Beach
A Narrow Cape landowner is getting tougher on trespassers on a patch of property at the end of Kodiak’s longest road. The owner cites repeated problems with people driving on wet ground, leaving gates open and littering as the reason for the new policy to no longer tolerate people passing through to Burton Beach. Burton Beach remains accessible by parking on State of Alaska land a few hundred yards away at Barry L...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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